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WAR! Here we go again! We hear the call to attack and destroy ISIS from all arenas: from Tom Patterson (“Time for US to get ‘crazy’ and fight to win in Middle East,” East Valley Tribune, Aug. 24), from Joe Klein (“An Evil That Must Be Stopped,” Time Magazine, Aug. 25), and from many politicians, government advisers and so-called military experts. And this after just having briefly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, “The Great War,” the “War To End All Wars.” As we lackadaisically prepare ourselves to slay our newest foe, ISIS, it might be worthwhile to glance at an excerpt from Ernst Glaeser’s renowned best-seller from 1928, “Jahrgang 1902” (“Birth Year 1902”).
It's disheartening to see the grifters, opportunists and race-baiters once again grab the chance to stir up racial animosity. We've seen Ferguson before. It's another setback to those sincerely striving for racial harmony.
Kudos to Tom Patterson for his commentary on winning in the Middle East (Aug. 24). Needless to say, he’s “spot-on.” I’m sure the “American” majority would be totally supportive. We’re tired of being losers under less-than-adequate leadership. While we’re at it, use some of the tactics to clean up the coffer-depleting human trash who inhabit the communities of our “homeland.” Force is justified when put to use for the right reason(s) — in defense of the Constitution.
Let’s face it, America and the West are failing now on the world stage. Particularly in the Middle East, fanatical Islamists are riding a huge wave of success. The convert-or-die crowd seems close to establishing the long-desired caliphate of regional Islamic hegemony.
What if we had the chance to pursue a course of action that would strengthen our national security, boost our economy permanently and didn’t cost taxpayers anything? It would be a no-brainer. Yet the Obama administration still resists maximizing our natural gas resources for our strategic and economic advantage.
his July 4, Americans again celebrated our nation and its organizing principle: Liberty. We know that our founding document establishes our inalienable rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. We’re proud to be the “land of the free and the home of the brave” and to pledge “liberty and justice for all”.
Throughout her life, Ahwatukee resident Robin Rollando knew she wanted a career that would be impactful to the people she came across.
Mesa’s Jaylia Yan shined as a student in high school, receiving numerous accolades like a Flinn Scholarship to Arizona State University. Her most recent accomplishment, however, came not just for her academics but for being a well-rounded person.
The Rover is a decent little Australian post-apocalypse film that could have been much more entertaining without The Twilight Saga’s Robert Pattinson delivering a hackneyed Karl Childers (Sling Blade) impersonation for most of the movie. I found myself wishing someone would feed him some “French-fried pertaters” just to shut him up.
Crony capitalism occurs when government and the private sector scratch each other’s back. But that isn’t capitalism at all — rather its opposite.
Politicians are climbing over each other to see who can express the most outrage over the failings of the VA. Sen. John McCain as usual led the charge, the first to demand the resignation of the Phoenix VA hospital director. Other eagerly joined in.
BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER
Third grade, Higley Traditional Academy
3391 E. Vest Ave.
Higley Traditional’s MacDonald finds happiness in education
By Eric Mungenast
Julie MacDonald would be a roller-skating waitress principal had she followed the career path set by her first-grade self. She didn’t quite achieve those lofty aspirations, but MacDonald has found an occupation that leaves her more than satisfied with life: teaching.
That wasn’t always the case for MacDonald, as her first option was to become a nutritionist. (She calls the 14-year-old version of herself “very nutritionally advanced” for her age and she still works out frequently.) But her work as a nutritionist left her miserable.
“I woke up one day and said, ‘You know what? I’m not happy, and I don’t want to make others miserable,’” she says.
So MacDonald decided to reverse course and study education, following in her parents’ steps to become a teacher. She mixed classes and her full-time job with daily exercise routines that got her up at 2 a.m. each day. (She was and remains something of a Starbucks aficionado.)
MacDonald now gets to apply her caffeine-boosted energy every school day with her students at Higley Traditional Academy, where she taught third grade in the most recent school year. MacDonald’s goal is to keep students engaged and eager to enter her classroom — otherwise, she says, she’s not doing her job as an educator.
And while she may never become the roller-skating waitress principal she dreamed about, life is moving along swimmingly.
“I go to work and I love my life every day,” says MacDonald.
Sixth grade, Meridian Elementary School
3900 S. Mountain Road
THIRD PLACE - tie
Sixth grade, Val Vista Lakes Elementary School
1030 N. Blue Grotto Drive
First grade, Patterson Elementary School
1211 E. Guadalupe Road
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BEST PUBLIC (DISTRICT) SCHOOL
3507 S. Ranch House Parkway
(480) 279-8200 or husd.org/Page/4646
Named for the Higley Unified School District’s 100th anniversary, Centennial was founded in 2009 and has been an “A Rated School” — the state’s top academic label for schools — since 2011. It serves children of the local community in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school also houses HUSD’s Gifted Program for grades four through six.
Second place - TIE
Higley Traditional Academy
3391 E. Vest Ave.
(480) 279-6800 or husd.org/Domain/1311
3900 S Mountain Road, Mesa
(480) 497-4032 or GilbertSchools.net/Domain/41
Third place - tie
1211 E. Guadalupe Road
(480) 892-2803 or http://www.gilbertschools.net/Domain/39
Cooley Middle School
1100 S. Recker Road
(480) 279-8300 or husd.org/Domain/2421
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This image released by Outpost Films & Saboteur Media shows SFC Patterson checking his men at OP Restrepo in Afghanistan, in the documentary film, "Korengal," by director Sebastian Junger. The movie is in limited U.S. release on May 30, 2014, and goes nationwide soon after. (AP Photo/Outpost Films and Saboteur Media)
America’s poor haven’t been doing so well lately. Their political champions in the Democratic Party seem more focused on all those swing voters in the middle-income levels. And while income inequality has become a popular talking point for the self-anointed defenders of the poor, the fact is that the income gap has increased on President Obama’s watch.
It would be easy to go full-geek and rip into the new X-movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, for straying so significantly from its source material; but this “Xemplary” film is so much fun that I’m forced to forgive its many offenses. This movie is a first-rate super-drama and an optic blast of eye-candy (not to mention it is also fantastically funny.)
The Higley Unified School District celebrated the accomplishments of 12 of its teachers during its annual Teachers of the Year event.
It was 50 years ago Barry Goldwater declared “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” The political world gasped and he suffered a crushing defeat in the 1964 presidential election. Today, pundits and the “legacy media” commonly emphasize the importance of keeping those extremists marginalized.
Rene Redzepi's daringly innovative Danish restaurant Noma has reclaimed the title of world's top restaurant.
“Tom Patterson sidesteps the ‘settled science’ of ‘young earth creationism’ with the aplomb of a 3-year-old learning to tap dance. Flat Earther is a well-deserved title for those living in ignorance imposed by denial. Belief in a round earth was accepted long before, and after, flat came into fashion.”
The more evidence pours in that their dire warnings are doubtful, the louder environmental scare mongers insist that the “science is settled.” “We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts,” declared Secretary of State John Kerry. “The science is unequivocal.” Barack Obama agreed that “the debate is settled.”
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Left-wing politicians loudly proclaim their concern for the poor and minorities. But is it a fraud?
Senate Bill 1062 could have stimulated an interesting debate on the bounds of religious freedom. But it never happened. The white-hot outrage of the “tolerance police” wouldn’t allow it.